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The Practical Side of Giving

Author National Philanthropic Trust

March 2, 2011

People often discount the practical side of philanthropy. In my experience, donors have a pretty clear sense of the charities they wish to support. Most often, these include their place of worship, alma mater, or a health care issue that has affected themselves or their family. What they often lack is context for their giving.

For donors who are seeking to reflect upon their philanthropy, engage their children or simply provide a framework around what they could do, these are two great resources:

7 Questions for Effective Philanthropists – Arabella Advisors has crafted a series of thoughtful questions for prospective philanthropists to help evaluate, refine and strengthen their approach to charitable giving.


Family Quest Giving Deck – Family conversations around charitable giving can be tough to initiate. The Family Quest Giving Deck from 21/64 can help.